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Agrement of Romania Tourism Ministery n 5206 / 11.12.2001



The Danube Delta

The Danube is a river of oriental and central Europe, the second of the European continent after the Volga (Russia) by its length (2850 km), the area of its pond (805 000 km ²) and the volume of its debit(output). Stemming from the massif of Black Forest, the Danube is formed to Donaueschingen by the fusion of Berg and Brigach, and drains the tenth of the surface of the continent by crossing nine States before throwing(casting) itself into the Black Sea.

Fauna :

Over 300 species of vertebrate and invertebrate animals including a great number of international , European and national sole exemplars.


Birds :

The ornithofauna summarizes more than 300 species among them - 70 extra - European exemplars . There are five main types , the Mediterranean type ( Heron ,Glossy ,Ibis , Pygmy ,Cormorant , Griffon Vulture , Shelduck Pelican ) the European type ( sining birds , like Nightingale and Bunting , Seagull Tenn Osprey ) the Siberian type (Whooper Swan , Sandpiper Crane) the Mongolian type (Griffon Vulture , Saker Falcon) and the Chinese type (Egret , Mute Swan , Great Cormorant Mandarin ) .Most of them are strictly protected.



Fish :

About 150 species are known , 30 of them in the proper Delta , Common presence : Sterlet ,Sturgeon , Stor Sturgeon Herring , Carp , Pike , Barbel , Calm waters are preferred by Crucian , Perch , Bream . The saltish medium is populated by fish like Perch , Pike or Turbot , depending on the salinity of the waters and the sea sector shelters Sturgeons (Huso huso ,Acipient sturio).


Mammals :

Their number and variety are ensured by the higher area , generally avoided by the wather . You can see Otter , Mink , Vison mink (with precious fur) , Wolf, Fitch , Wild boar , Fox , Hare , Wild cat , Sands shelter Turtle ,Viper ,colonies of different snakes.


Flora :

It is extremely rich and it is developed on three levels :

- plants with floating leavs (white and yelow water lily thistles).

-riparian plants (reed , bulrush , water fern ,water weed)

-land plants (white willow , poplar , alder-tree , ashtree in the combined woods on the sand-banks


The Biosphere Reserve :

According to the Governement Decision no. 953 on the 27th of August 1990 , the entire Danube Delta was declared a Biosphere Reserve.

As a consequence of the main and the secondary reserves settled by the necessity to preserve the natural process of evolution and to protect the specific fauna and flora , certain areas were strictly protected.

In the Danube Delta as well as along the coast, the houses are made of whitewashed bricks or of wood. The roofs are thatched and cover also the porches. Very often the houses are painted in white and deep blue.

We can organize visits up to the Delta of the Danube and make you discover its fauna and its flora.



Dorin and Maria Paraschiv Guest House, Starchiojd village, Grui street, Prahova county, Romania

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Phone : 0040 766564117